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Tintin 2013 Calendars are Here!
Can you guess this year's theme?
Thanks for Voting for Us!
We placed 9th out of 146 Gift Shops!
That's pretty good, and a lot of Wallingford businesses did well too! So thanks for your votes!
I think Wallingford has some great small businesses, and if you haven't been to Wallingford in a while, Small Business Saturday would be a great excuse to explore, and shop and earn your American Express credit!
|Colleen & Pat, two of Kristin's most ardent fans!|
Watch in the Spring for the date of our 2013 Kristin Ford Event - don't miss it!
To keep up with what's brand new and fresh, Like us on Facebook. We often post photos of what's come in during the week, or new stock of old favorites. Find out first when new Extasia or Kristin Ford or Andrea Savar jewelry arrives. Let us know what you'd like to find out through Facebook!
Thinking About Family Christmas Photos?
We have some adorable Hand Knit Baby sweaters!
Each month we feature a different Zents scent.
In November we are featuring Earth.
Thousands of years give life
to this one pristine moment.
Cool, unyielding stones decorate
this sacred space, adorned by nature's
fragrant curtains. Gossamer strands of light
illuminate the clearing, reinventing your soul.
Come in and experiment with our testers to determine if Earth is
favorite Zents scent!
And check the bottom of this email for a coupon to save on this month's scent.
More of the money you spend with small businesses stays in your local communities because
you are supporting people who live in your local communities, not in another area or overseas.
Shop at Crackerjack to receive a gift with purchase, and check out other offers from
Don't forget to register your American Express card after
Nov. 18 to receive a statement credit when you purchase something at a small business with that card on Sat. the 24th!
Sounds like Win-Win to me!
Sat. December 1 -
French Christmas Market
We are participating as a vendor at the Annual Marche de Noel put on by Alliance Francaise of Seattle and held at The Good Shepherd Center. Come by from 10 to 4 and enjoy song, stories, shopping, even a visit from Father Christmas! See here
for details - click on Dec.1st.
Things to Celebrate
Nov 1 - Prime Meridian Day
National Men Make Dinner Day
Nov 2 - Cookie Monster Day
Nov 3 - Cliche Day
Sadie Hawkins Day
Nov 4 - Use Your Common Sense Day
Nov 5 - National Donut Day
Nov 6 - Election Day!
Noc 7 - National Bittersweet Chocolate
With Almonds Day
Nov 8 -Nov 9 - Domino Day
Cook Something Bold & Pungent
Nov 10 - National Day of Play
Sesame Street Day
Nov 11 - Veterans Day
Nov 12 - Veterans Day Observed
Nov 13 - National Young Readers Day
Nov 14 - International Girls Day
National American Teddy Bear Day
Nov 15 - I Love to Write Day
Great American Smokeout - do it!
Nov 16 - International Day for Tolerance
Nov 17 - Homemade Bread Day
Nov 18 - Mickey Mouse Day
Push Button Phone Day
Nov 19 - Rocky & Bullwinkle Day
Nov 20 - National Peanut Butter Fudge
Nov 23 - Dr. Who Day Nov 24 - Small Business Saturday - see
above for details! Nov 25 - Blase Day
(30 Shopping Days 'til Christmas)
- so don't be too blase!
Nov 26 -
Cyber Monday - have you checked
Nov 27 - National Day of Listening
Nov 28 - Twenty-seven Shopping Days 'til
Nov 29 - Electronic Greetings Day
Nov 30 - Computer Security Day
Doing Business with People You Know
November is the month of Thanksgiving, the first harbinger of "The Holidays" when our weather definitely becomes winter-like and we begin craving hot drinks, roast meat, squash and cozy clothes!
For many of us November brings that last chance to get our holiday shopping done early. Years ago I would shop throughout the year, and spend Thanksgiving wrapping. Some of our customers do just that. But most, me included now, are just starting to think about it when - Wham! - it's Thanksgiving Day!
This year marks the third Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, created by American Express and catching on everywhere! It's a way to support your local small businesses on a day when it's being tracked, so it's sort of like voting with your dollars. The small businesses you support are the businesses that make each community unique and distinct. The dollars you spend with them stay in the neighborhood and support others living in your community.
I was talking recently to one of our artists, who was apologizing for needing to cancel an appointment due to her bad back. She'd been flat on her back for two weeks, in pain, going to physical therapy, etc. I told her not to worry - just get better. And she thanked me for being so understanding. Her thanks sort of took me aback! And I realized that this is one of the things I love about Crackerjack - we are dealing with real people, individuals, not big corporations. Sure, some of our artists have quite a few employees, and big studios. But so many really are a one or two person operation. They are struggling to make a living, put food on the table, send kids to college. They are dedicated to their craft, their art. We matter to them, and they matter to us.
Only today I received an email from Four Seasons, creators of Silver Seasons jewelry and Table Art home accessories. They are up and running after Sandy, but still without computers in the office. Here is a picture of some staff sitting outside in the cold to get orders out. They are outside because they were without electricity, so no lights! No power either, so the temperature was the same inside or out.
This is a pile of damaged product boxes - they lost about 80% of them!
Crackerjack is very proud to support artists working in this economy, to keep our American crafts traditions alive, and to present a quality selection to you.
And you, supporters of the handmade, should be proud, because you matter to all of us.
So thank you, thank you!
I hope you enjoy a restful day and can contemplate the blessings in your life. You are a blessing in mine, as is Crackerjack - and I am truly grateful!
Thank you, thank you!
Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts